When Should I Start My Birth Control Pills?

You can start taking birth control pills as soon as you get them — any day of the week, and anytime during your menstrual cycle.

But when you’ll be protected from pregnancy depends on when you start and the kind of pill you’re using.

You may need to use a backup birth control method (like condoms) for up to 7 days.

When should I start my new pack of birth control pills?

You will start each new birth control pill pack on the same day of the week that you initially started it. If you are on the 21-day pill pack, start the new pill pack seven days after you finished the old pill pack. If you are on the 28-day pill pack, begin the new pack after taking the last pill in the old pack.

How do you start taking birth control pills?

How to take birth control pills, step by step

  • Take one pill daily, at the same hour.
  • Take the pills out of the pack from left to right.
  • If you’re taking 21-day pills, don’t take any pills during the fourth week.
  • If you’re using 28-day pills, once you get to the placebo pills at the end of the pack, start taking them the same way.

What age should you start birth control?

A: Age 16 tends to the most common age to start birth control as it allows a young woman to be established in her cycle before potentially disrupting it.

Is it okay to start birth control at any time?

You can start taking birth control pills as soon as you get them — any day of the week, and anytime during your menstrual cycle. You may need to use a backup birth control method (like condoms) for up to the first 7 days. Talk with your nurse or doctor about the best time for you to start taking the pill.

Will my period stop if I start birth control on the first day?

You will be told to start taking the birth control pill on a Sunday, on the first day of your menstrual period, or the day you are seen by your health care provider. During your fourth week on the pill cycle, you should get your menstrual period. Your menstrual period will stop once you begin the new pack of pills.

Does birth control make you thick?

It’s often a temporary side effect that’s due to fluid retention, not extra fat. A review of 44 studies showed no evidence that birth control pills caused weight gain in most women. And, as with other possible side effects of the pill, any weight gain is generally minimal and goes away within 2 to 3 months.

Do I have to start birth control on my period?

If you take your first pill within five days of your period, you’re protected immediately. However, if you want to start sooner and your period isn’t for a few weeks, you can still begin taking your birth control pills, but you won’t be protected right away. After one week, the pills will protect against pregnancy.

Should I take birth control if I’m not sexually active?

It’s absolutely okay for someone to take birth control even if they aren’t sexually active. Women often choose to take the pill, or to use the patch or the ring, for benefits like protection against acne, cramps, heavy periods, and some premenstrual symptoms like headaches and depression.

Is it OK to start the pill mid cycle?

Most people can start taking birth control pills at any point during their menstrual cycle. By starting the pill midcycle, around the point of ovulation, a person is at risk of pregnancy and should use a backup contraceptive method until they have taken the pill for at least 7 consecutive days.

When should I start my new pack of birth control?

After completing a 28-day pack, you should immediately start a new pack of pills the next day. During your fourth week on the pill cycle, you should get your menstrual period. Your menstrual period will stop once you begin the new pack of pills.

Can I start my birth control pills on a Tuesday?

Yes! You can start your birth control method any day of the week. So, if you start on Tuesday, your birth control will start being effective by the following Tuesday at the latest, depending on when you got your last period. The pill is a really effective method of birth control, as long as you take it every day.